Coming Soon: Bluff - 2/7/17
Chelsea is your average seventeen-year-old, but she's hiding a hard truth: she and her father are broke. Convinced she must do something quickly, she sneaks into a casino and wins a game of poker. An addiction quickly forms which threatens to expose a complicated web of lies to everyone she knows.
Julie Dill's debut YA novel, Bluff, is a poignant tale of how addictions that sneak into your life can seem so harmless at the start and quickly develop into something much more serious. Reader's will be riveted by how the consequences of Chelsea's actions unfold while relating to her struggles, embarrassments, and desires. A well-paced, high stakes read that leaves you thinking long after you've finished.
Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Knowles is surrounded by the privileged. Michael Kors gym bags and designer shoes are part of her daily scene, but the talented cheerleader has a secret: she and her dad can barely pay the bills. Broken by his wife walking out on their family, Chelsea's father ignores his responsibilities. Between cheer costs, grocery bills, electricity, and other regular financial burdens, it's no surprise when a cut-off notice arrives in the mail. Chelsea knows it'll be up to her to keep the lights on. With the deck stacked against her, Chelsea decides to bet their future on the dubious poker knowledge she learned from her father before he gave up on parenting. Nervous but determined, Chelsea heads to a casino with very little security and wins big. Thrilled by her win, she's quickly drawn to the casino again and again. She risks it all, especially when the attractive, young pit boss takes an interest in her. Chelsea's life, no longer filled with cheerleading, school, and hanging out with her friends, is now consumed by smoky casino floors and the ups and downs of a gambler's life. True gamblers know when to fold, but Chelsea keeps betting long after her needs are met. The complicated web of lies soon begins to spin out of control, threatening to expose everything. Will someone see through her Bluff?